Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Wild Wicked Beads

Wild Wicked Beads is the Etsy shop of Halifax, Nova Scotia resident Linda L. Jones. Linda has been crafting "since I could drop a knit stitch or sew a crooked seam," and has been working with beads for decades. Though she has had a variety of crafty endeavors over the years, she finds that she always comes back to beadwork in the end. She teaches beadwork, has had items she has created on display at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, and works full time while "plotting my escape to full-time beading."

Linda's Etsy shop contains the fruits of her beadwork labors. Many of her items are wearable and functional, but her favorite piece, "Radiant," (pictured above) is simply beautiful. She sells mainly beaded jewelry of various types, but the look of her pieces is unique, and not what many people think of when they hear "beaded jewelry." Wild Wicked Beads is a wonderful shop to look for a one of a kind jewelry piece for a holiday gift, to wear to a holiday party, or just to oooh and ahhh over all of the gorgeous items that Linda has created!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Om Shanti Handcrafts

Om Shanti Handcrafts is the Etsy shop of Kate Jones of Longmont, Colorado. Kate's interest in handcrafted items began with a gift of bath salts, combined with a propensity for buying beads, and, as she says "It's all kind of snowballed from there. Yes, snowball is a good word. So is avalanche." Kate has been creating bath and body products for about three years and jewelry for one year, and began selling these on Etsy and at shows in February of 2008.

Kate creates handcrafted, all-natural, herbal bath and body products alongside a variety of beaded jewelry offerings. One of her favorite pieces to make was the "Shindig" necklace for a monthly challenge of the Big Damn Crafters (pictured above). She has found that her soaps and lip balms both sell very well in her Etsy shop. She does custom jewelry work, and can create custom labels for her bath and body products--perfect for a personalized touch for special events. Om Shanti Handcrafts has plenty of great gift ideas for the holidays, including gift certificates for those who would prefer to select their own items!

In addition to Etsy, Kate can be found on the following sites:
Om Shanti Handcrafts on Dawanda
Om Shanti Handcrafts on Creative Cafe Salesrooms
Om Shanti Handcrafts blog

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: In Kids' Rooms

In Kids' Rooms is the Etsy shop of Sarah Hagedorn, a stay at home mom from Kansas City. Sarah has been crafting since a very young age, right alongside the other members of her family (including me, her older sister). Although she joined Etsy as a buyer more than a year ago, she has just recently begun offering her creations for sale, on Etsy or anywhere. She is looking forward to her first sale!

Sarah makes personalized birth announcements and lifetime growth charts, the latter of which stretch up to a whopping 6 1/2 feet! They truly are meant to be lifetime growth charts, allowing you to track the height of your little one from the time they can stand in front of it until they are fully grown. Her birth announcements can be done in several different styles. Whether you've got a new arrival or a little one on the way, or whether you know someone else in the same situation, In Kids' Rooms has wonderful items that you can display in your kids' rooms.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Kung Fu Monkey Robot

The first time I saw the shop name Kung Fu Monkey Robot, I was intrigued. After meeting the mind behind the shop, Shea Milligan, I knew it was only a matter of time before she would be featured on Shop Etsy. Shea is a Seattle-based artist who works with repurposed and some new fabrics to create plush toys (called T-Huggers) and whimsical winter gear. Shea has been sewing for the majority of her life, and has been on Etsy just under a year.

While Shea's favorite item to make has been her yeti plushes ("Their bushy eyebrows made me laugh."), her best sellers have definitely been her scarves and gloves with bacon and eggs on them. Shea is also happy to take on custom work: "I offer the ability for the customer to build their own T-Hugger by mixing and matching designs from my current designs, such as a monkey with crab claws, a crab with squid legs, or the option to add a mouth pocket to just about anything." She can also make scarves with different designs on them, in case you're not into bacon and eggs. All in all, there's plenty of great stuff to see at Kung Fu Monkey Robot, including lots of great ideas for holiday gifts!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Clay Nest Pottery

Clay Nest Pottery is the Etsy shop of Kentucky-based artist Maggie Whalen Cybulski. Maggie began her artistic career as a painter, working within a variety of painting techniques. She was intrigued by the work of potters that she saw, and when the opportunity to learn this art form presented itself, she took it. Maggie says "I have been throwing pots and sculpting ever since. I love the medium of clay and thoroughly enjoy the process."

Maggie's work on Etsy is wheel thrown and hand sculpted pottery. The bulk of her work is vessels of some sort--bowls, jars, and even tea kettles, like the one above. She also makes brooches and small sculptural pieces. The colors are largely neutral and earthy, with a few splashes of bright colors thrown in on some items. In addition to Clay Nest Pottery on Etsy, Maggie's work can also be found at ClayNestPottery.com.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thanks for reading the Halloween features!

I just wanted to thank everyone for reading all of the Halloween features, and to let you know that I'm taking a break from posting this week, because our Halloween plans involve flying 2,000 miles and being in a wedding the day after Halloween. :)

Expect regular posts to resume sometime in early November. If you've been thinking about sending in a request to be featured, now is the time to do it! After all, it's getting to be time to think about Christmas shopping...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween hair falls

Since most office jobs typically frown upon doing crazy and bizarre things to your hair, even if it is just for Halloween, I've always liked the idea of hair falls to dress up your hair. Here's a variety of just the fun green hair falls I found on Etsy--there are plenty more in other colors as well, from these shops and more! :)

Green and black falls, made from tubular crin, from Exoskeleton Cabaret.

Green and black falls, made from synthetic hair, hand-painted fabric, and more, from Sisters of the Moon Design.

Green and purple falls, made from yarn, netting, ribbon, and more, from MTCoffinz Underground.

Green and black falls, made from yarn and plastic lacing, from Creepy Closet.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween journals

If you're looking for a spooky place to write down your thoughts, check out these great options for Halloween (or year round) journals!

A sculpted skull and crossbones journal from Flurrsprite!

If you want a little protection for Halloween, try this Nightmare Snatcher journal from Spiderbite!

An upcycled journal with one of my favorite bad horror movies on the cover from LuluMagoo!

Here's a lovely handmade journal from Moxy!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm gonna be a pirate!

So my Halloween costume this year is inspired by a purchase from Brown Button, who made a custom vest and pair of bloomers for me a few months ago. I think I may have mentioned her a few times on this blog. :) But I'm going to be a pirate, in case that wasn't clear.

Now since I'm going to be staying with friends on Halloween, I don't want too much of an elaborate costume. But if money and suitcases were no object, I would totally be selecting a pirate hat from one of the options here!

Simple elegance in this gray and black tricorn! From Cynthia's Boutique.

Nothing says pirate like wearing a ship on your hat! From Topsy Turvy Design.

Noxenlux Chapeaux makes some amazing hats, and this little tricorn is no exception!

Though this isn't a traditional pirate hat, no post about fancy hats on Etsy is complete without a nod to Boring Sidney. Anyway, it's got an eyepatch! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Halloween bags

Here's another bunch of bags that would be great for trick or treating, or even carrying year round!

Extra scary and extra cute! Check out this monster bag from Columbia Lily Designs.

A great practical black bag, with Frankenstein's monster in green glitter! From Mercy's Mark.

A super adorable fleece monster backpack or shoulder bag from Artsi Bitsi!

A cute felt skull bag from Lil' Bit Sassy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Halloween stripes

I don't know what it is about Halloween that makes stripes seem oh so perfect, but I'm definitely hooked. Here's a few items of striped legwear for Halloween--legwarmers and socks for various sizes, from babies to adults!

The classic Halloween color combination, orange and black, is just adorable in these legwarmers for babies. From Anna Carrie Baby

Purple and black is my favorite color combination for Halloween and the rest of the year, and when you add skulls and crossbones, I'm sold. From Alexi's Princess Wear.

Great for a costume or just for wearing any day, these red and white striped socks from Poppy's Wicked Garden are sure to turn heads!

As someone who works with yarn, I think the stripe pattern on these socks is super cool, because self striping yarn absolutely blows my mind! From The 13th Gypsy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Another Halloween jewelry collection!

Here's another batch of Halloween jewelry, where you're sure to find something great by the artisans of the EtsyRain or Big Damn Crafters street teams!

Trick or treat earrings from One Eyed Collie!

A spiderweb necklace with orange and black beads from WireTree!

Sparkly orange beads with spiders on them, so you can make your own Halloween jewelry! From Valerie Beads.

A great bat necklace from Happy Squirrel Creations!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween T-shirts for little ones!

Here's a collection of Halloween T-shirts for kids, from a variety of artisans on Etsy!

My recent fascination with Frankenstein's monster doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Love this T-shirt from Jonah Bonah!

I would be in love with this zombie T-shirt from Tina Seamonster even without these super cute models!

A great girl's long sleeved T-shirt from repurposed fabrics with a Halloween theme from Little Overcoat!

A cute little Frankenstein robot girl on a red T-shirt from Boutiki Hut!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween art dolls

If you're looking for a truly unique decorative piece for Halloween, check out the art dolls on Etsy, including this bunch! One of a kind and beautifully detailed, these will certainly be the talk of any Halloween gathering!

Witches are an essential part of Halloween, and this elegant witch art doll from Lady Artisan Dolls is exquisite!

Bad Snail has a thoroughly creepy but cute mummy baby art doll!

Luna Clay Design has a friendly looking skeleton shelf sitter!

Mealy Monster has this super cute monster art doll!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Halloween paper goods and more!

Here's a collection of Halloween paper goods and things made from paper from the artisans of the EtsyRain and Big Damn Crafters street teams on Etsy!

Total eclipse Geek Magnets from Anandi's Laboratory!

A super cute Halloween scrapbook from Tudor Designs!

A spooky Corpse Bride ACEO from Autumn Whispers!

Ghosts and pumpkins on "spooktacular" stationery from Pickled Panda Designs!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dress up your MP3 player for Halloween!

If you're looking for a case for your iPod, iPhone, or whatever other small gadgets you carry to play music or talk on the phone, check out these ideas from a variety of Etsy sellers! All of these are fun Halloween selections, but there's plenty of non-Halloween options as well! :)

It's a monkey! It's a Frankenstein's monster! IT'S ALIVE! A super cute case from Monkey Travel Club.

Cottage Creations has a great case in vivid colors, with bats!

Blessed are the Geek has a bunch of cute monsters on cases, but I like this Grampa Monster the best!

Gurley's Goods has a black, gray, and orange case called "Spook"!